At Hermanson Pools, we are dedicated to helping you maintain your pool after we construct it. If you are experiencing complications with your pool’s chemicals or are unsure of how to maintain and operate your pool, read the information below or contact our friendly pool specialists.
At Hermanson Pools, we provide you with an owner’s manual that gives you all the tips you need to maintain your pool’s chemicals, clean your pool’s filter, and keep your pool clear and inviting. Your pool’s maintenance should only take about ½ hour per week and involves: checking the pool chemistry, and cleaning the pool (skimming the bugs and debris off the surface of the water) and emptying filter baskets. Once a month, you should clean your pool’s filter. In addition, it is imperative that you winterize your pool in the fall so that it is protected from the elements during the winter. Winterization is putting the pool to bed for the winter. It consists of draining the pool equipment, adjusting the chemistry and prepping pipes for the cold weather ahead.
We include a test kit with all new pools because water chemistry is extremely important to keep your pool (and the equipment) running in tip-top shape. Prolonged imbalance can wreck havoc on the system. Optimal chemical levels include:
Chlorine Levels—1-2 ppm is optimal
Total Alkalinity—80-120 ppm is optimal
If in doubt about your pool’s water chemistry, always test it first using your included test kit before attempting any DIY adjustments.
While sometimes you may have a problem with your pool that is more uncommon, many pool dilemmas stem from infrequent cleaning, improper chemical balance, and improper swimming pool maintenance. However, sometimes, even when you keep up with your swimming pool maintenance, cleaning, and chemical dispensing, you may find yourself with one of the following issues:
It can be a frightening sight when your pool water is green and slimy!
Cause: Green pool water is caused by algae. Algae growth is normal in aquatic environments and can sometimes be seen on the walls or floors of your pool as green slime. However, if left unchecked, it can run rampant in your pool, turn your water green, and pose a serious health risk.
Solution: First, you must dislodge all of the algae in your pool by brushing the walls and the floors. Run your filter to catch some of the algae. Then “shock” your pool with a high concentration of chlorine (10 ppm—parts per million—up to 20 ppm). Keep running your filter for at least 12-24 hours and continually check its cartridge and pressure. If you see grayish slime on the pool’s floor, this is the dead algae. Vacuum this gray gunk from the walls and floor of your pool to ensure that your pool won’t become an environment where new algae can grow. Clean your filter after the process.
Prevention: Maintain proper disinfectant levels. When disinfectant levels drop, algae is able to get established.
Swimming pool pH is one of the most important factors in maintaining the proper balance of chemicals in your pool. When testing your pool water, you may find that your pool chronically tests too low on the pH spectrum. Eye irritation is often blamed on excess disinfectant levels, when the real culprit is a pH imbalance. The pH of the human eye is approx. 7.1 – 7.6, so ideally your water pH should be between 7.4 -7.6 for both swimmer comfort and protecting your pool equipment. Low swimming pool pH can cause eye irritation, etching of plaster walls, and corrosion of metals.
Solution: To increase your pool’s pH, add soda ash (sodium carbonate) to your pool’s water and be sure the pump is running when you add the chemicals. Use your test kit and the included table to determine the amount.
Maintaining high swimming pool pH levels can cause a fair amount of problems, including: eye irritation, overworking of the filter, cloudy water, scale formation, and discoloration of the pool walls.
Solution: Add muriatic acid to your pool water to restore the pH balance to normal levels. Pour the acid in the deep end of the pool away from the walls and fittings. Use your test kit and the included table to determine the amount.
At Hermanson Pools we design and construct swimming pools for the Albuquerque community. If we have built your pool, don’t hesitate to call us with your maintenance questions; we are happy to help customers in the Hermanson Pools family!